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Aura Pro X2
480GB NVMe SSD Upgrade Solution
for MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display (Late 2013 - Mid 2015) and MacBook Air (Mid 2013 -Mid 2017)

Mac
Complete Internal Flash/SSD Drive Upgrade Kit with Tools & OWC Envoy Pro Enclosure
Your Mac. More Space. Twice as Fast.
Keep On Innovating
Tight deadlines, long nights, and terabytes of media – your Mac has been with you through it all. If storage is tight, there's no reason to ditch the Mac you know and love. The Aura® Pro X2 SSD gives you up to 16 times more space and the speed to keep up with your imagination today and tomorrow. Upgrade your Mac with Aura Pro X2 SSD for a fraction of the cost of a new model and keep your Mac running for years.
Blazing Fast and Super Cool
Aura Pro X2 combines speed, stamina, and efficiency that will change the way you experience your Mac. With read speeds reaching 3282MB/s and write speeds of 2432MB/s, the 480GB Aura Pro X2 is up to twice as fast as the original SSDs, delivering performance on par with the latest models. It runs cooler and consumes less power than earlier SSD models, so you can run at peak for longer than ever.
Maintain Your Edge
When it's go time, getting off the line and maintaining a high level of performance are equally important. Aura Pro X2 is engineered with advanced SLC caching, providing instant full-speed write acceleration, meaning those media projects and games stream fluidly and respond without lag time. You might even forget what that beachball looks like.
Continuous Compatibility
Aura Pro X2 is designed for the latest macOS versions (macOS High Sierra 10.13 and later), taking full advantage of the advanced features of APFS including: strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.
Right-Sized for Work and Play
The smaller stock SSDs for Mac can fill up quickly, especially with photo and video files, games, or even your email. Aura Pro X2 SSDs are available in capacities up to 2TB, giving you more space to work and play. Newly calibrated to use less power and run cooler, Aura Pro X2 is the best way to upgrade your PCIe equipped Mac.
No Hassles or Hacks Compatibility
Aura Pro X2 PCIe-based flash storage upgrades are precisely engineered for your Mac laptop, so you'll never need to compromise your data by relying on complicated software hacks or TRIM-enablers to get the most from your upgrade. Just install, migrate your data, and enjoy the great performance of flash storage with up to 16 times the capacity of the factory-installed drive.
High-Performance + High-Style
Your upgrade should be a seamless experience. That's why Aura Pro X2 SSD upgrade kits come with Envoy Pro, the beautifully designed, high-performance SSD enclosure to reimagine your original PCIe-based flash drive.

When you remove your original flash SSD, it fits perfectly into Envoy Pro so you can transfer all your data to the new Aura Pro X2 inside your laptop. Once the file transfer is complete, enjoy using your Mac's original flash SSD as a fast, external USB drive with transfer speeds up to 426MB/s.
7% Over Provisioning
OWC SSDs perform maintenance tasks in the background that optimize the health, performance, and endurance of your flash drive. These jobs take advantage of available, unwritten areas on the SSD. Aura Pro X2 PCIe-based flash storage reserves 7% of the overall capacity as free space. Always. With this allocated free space, Aura SSDs can perform these normal maintenance tasks making your drive more stable, dependable, and ultimately a safer place to store your data.
Quality That Lasts
Aura Pro X2 SSDs are proudly designed in Austin and are backed by a lifetime of free, award-winning USA-based support.
Note: The OWC Envoy Pro enclosure is specifically designed for use ONLY with the factory SSD installed in select Apple Macintosh computers. Do NOT attempt to install or use OWC Aura, Aura Pro X, or Aura Pro X2 SSDs in the Envoy Pro as you may damage the OWC drive, the enclosure, or both, and such damage is not covered under warranty.

480GB Aura Pro X2 SSD Specifications:

Specifications

Controller
Silicon Motion SM2262EN Series Processor with 7% over-provisioning
NAND
3D TLC Synchronous NAND Flash
Form Factor
Custom blade
Interface
PCIe 3.1 x4, NVMe 1.3
Capacity 1
480GB useable capacity
Total Flash Memory Components: 512GB
32 GB Allocated to real-time data redundancy and error correction
Formatted Capacity2
447GiB
SMART Attributes
Standard
Native Command Queuing
up to 32 commands
Manufacturer Model Number
OWCS3DAPT4MB05
OS Requirements
macOS 10.13 High Sierra or later
Host Requirements 3 5
Must upgrade to macOS 10.13 or later, prior to installation
RoHS Compliant
Yes
Format

Physical

Height (max)
2.6mm (0.102″)
Width (max)
22.0mm (0.866″)
Length (max)
89.0mm (3.504″)
Weight
8.0g (0.28oz)

Reliability

MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
1,500,000
Data Reliability
ECC Recovery
Endurance
225TB total bytes written (TBW)
TRIM Support
OS Dependent

Performance 3

Average Access Time
<0.1 ms
Sequential Read (Max) 4
up to 3282MB/s
Sequential Write (Max) 4
up to 2432MB/s

Power

Read Power
5.7 W
Write Power
5.7 W
Seek Power
5.7 W
Idle Power
0.3 W

Environmental (Operating)

Relative Humidity (non-condensing)
5% to 95%
Temperature (°F)
32°F to 158°F
Temperature (°C)
0°C to 70°C

Environmental (Non-Operating)

Shock
1500G / 0.5ms
Temperature (°F)
-40°F to 185°F
Temperature (°C)
-40°C to 85°C

Acoustics

Idle (Typical)
0.0 bels
Seek (Typical)
0.0 bels
  1. 1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending upon operating environment (typically 5-10% less). The actual total capacity will depend on your own defined file settings/preferences. 
  2. In terms of standard gigabytes, 1GiB ≈ 1.074GB and refers to the actual formatted capacity if shown under Mac OS 10.5 or earlier and Microsoft Windows OS.
  3. The Aura Pro X2 is a high performance PCIe 3.1 x4 NVMe SSD capable of performing in excess of 3000MB/s in Macs with PCIe3.0 x4 SSD slot. Performance can vary depending on many factors, including the Mac model and its drive bus specifications. Please check the compatibility section and the detailed specs for your Mac model's drive bus specifications.
  4. Sequential read/write (max) performance numbers are based on testing with AJA System Test (4K-Full resolution, 64GB file size, 16bit RGBA codec, file per frame test) on a Mid 2015 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro11,4).
  5. Not compatible with Apple Boot Camp on MacBookPro11,1 or MacBookAir6,1 or MacBookAir6,2.


Envoy Pro Specifications:

Software Requirements

  • OS
    • OS X 10.3 or later
    • Windows XP or later
    • Linux OS with support for USB 3.0
  • Driver
    • Driver not required

Hardware Requirements

  • Mac or PC featuring USB 3.0 interface

Bootability

  • Any Mac that supports booting via USB

Interface (Chipset)

  • (1) USB 3.0 Micro-B (PLX USB 3380)

Performance

  • Up to 500 MB/s Read and Write
  • Note(s)
    • Speeds will vary based on drives used, setup, and other factors.

Power

  • Operation
    • Bus-powered via USB port
  • Note(s)
    • Requires USB 3.0 standard powered port. USB 2.0 use not supported or recommended.

Environment

  • Environmental (Operating)
    • Dependent on mechanism installed
  • Environmental (Non-Operating)
    • Dependent on mechanism installed

Dimensions

  • Height: 0.4 in (1.0 cm)
  • Width: 2.1 in (5.3 cm)
  • Length: 4.5 in (11.4 cm)

Weight (without drive)

  • 3.4 oz (96.4 g)
Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n S3DAPT4MB05K UPC#: 810586032025

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This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina display Mid 2015)
(May, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,5
2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina display Mid 2015)
(May, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,4
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Early 2015)
(March, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro12,1
2.7GHz, 2.9GHz, 3.1GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,3
2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,3
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.0GHz, 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2013)
(October, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.4GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2017)
(June 2017)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,2
1.8GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Early 2015)
(March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,2
1.6GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Early 2015)
(March 2015)
Model ID: MacBookAir7,1
1.6GHz i5, 2.2GHz i7
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Early 2014)
(April, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2
1.4GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Early 2014)
(April, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,1
1.4GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013)
(June, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,2
1.3GHz, 1.7GHz
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2013)
(June, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookAir6,1
1.3GHz, 1.7GHz

Includes

  • (1) Aura Pro X2 SSD
  • (1) Tools
  • (1) Envoy Pro Enclosure
  • (1) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-A to Micro-B cable)
  • (1) Envoy Pro Carrying Case
  • (1) Envoy Pro User Guide
  • (1) Installation Guide for MacBook Air (Mid-2013 - 2017), MacBook Pro (Retina, Late 2013 - Mid 2015)

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 5 / 5 3 out of 3 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Caligula Location: Atlanta Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Exceeded Expectations! August 3, 2019 Upgraded a 13" 120 GB mid-2014 Macbook Pro w/Retina to the 480 GB (w/kit). Here's a summary of my experience: - Purchase and receipt process standard. - Installation videos very straightforward and informative. Installation took me ~6 minutes (including kit assembly of the removed drive). - Had a little issue getting an OS on the new drive (no disk/drive option for the wi-fi download appeared) and I didn't know how to partition the drive ... so I transitioned via Time Machine. - I then updated the OS (I couldn't before due to lack of disk space) along with all apps. She's working like a charm ... all calculations of disk space are in alignment with what I expected/hoped for going in. Here's the real kicker (and I would not have believed it until I saw it): My Write and Read speeds have increased wildly! Before the drive upgrade (and using BlackMagic Disk Speed Test for pre and post-upgrade testing), I averaged 181-215 Write speed. That now averages between 1,250-1,325! For Reading, pre-upgrade averaged 535-555. Now, Read speeds are between 1,476-1,500.

Good times ...

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Reviewer: SRWinTech Location: Santa Rosa, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Beware of the HSierra/Mojave on the current HD requirement July 29, 2019 I bought this upgrade a couple of weeks ago for my Late 2013 MBP15 and finally got to doing the upgrade over the weekend. Upon opening the box, I read the Important Notice included stating that the machine to be upgraded needed to already have High Sierra or later. I wanted to preserve Yosemite for the legacy Apps I can't replace on the factory HD, so thought I was not going to be able to do the swap. I came up with a workaround. What was done: I attached a spare 2.5" Int SSD I had onto a Thunderbolt to SATA dock, installed High Sierra to it via a bootable Installer USB. The install upgraded the EFI. I then checked that it booted and verified my Yosemite on the internal HD remaining intact. Replaced the internal HD with the Aura, booted to the recovery process for a bare metal install of Mojave via the internet. All is working Beautifully. I would have given 5 stars, but the requirement notice was not originally on the website(or not noticeable) when I bought. Now it is. Only a experienced tech could and/or would of done it my way...

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Reviewer: JJSpelman Location: Tampa, FL Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Perfect Upgrade July 10, 2019 Was able to upgrade my daughter's MacBook air to a 480GB SSD hard drive easily. Had a support question and OWC was there for us.

Even get to keep the old hard drive as an external with the handy case that is included! Very cool, and sustainable! We are not adding to the trash this way.

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Reviewer: Vicki Location: Morgantown, WV Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product & support June 23, 2019 Fantastic install instructions and video - follow them! Best procedure is to use Mac's Time Machine for backup and restore. Had 1 problem - Mail tried to restore my emails but failed & gave a message that I needed more space on my home drive. It took a while but I found a link that said to use the Mac Disk Utility (in Utilities folder) to solve a permissions problem. Click on the system drive (mine is Macintosh HD) then, at the top, click on First Aid. When it finished I reopened Mail & the restore completed successfully & all is well, so far. Sorry I can't give you the details since the message no longer appears! Definitely buy this upgrade kit (instead of just the blade) it has the needed screw drivers (pentagon-shaped) & enclosure so you can reuse your old drive, assuming it still works.

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Reviewer: Ivandub Location: British Columbia, Canada Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works as advertised April 5, 2019 I installed this in a 13" 2017 MacBook Air yesterday. The installation was straightforward and easy enough to do. For some reason. when I tried to restore my system from a Time Machine Backup, it failed near the end of the process. I had a USB installation drive with High Sierra on it so I did a clean installation of that and it worked ok. I just have to manually transfer over some of my files now from the backup disk. I was expecting to see a performance boost due to the higher read/write speeds of this drive but it seems to be about the same as the original drive. At any rate, boot up time is about the same. However, I bought it for the additional storage space so it's nice to have that. I can't comment on the reliability of the drive as it's only been in use for a day but, so far, it's working well. I will put the old drive in another MacBook Air I have with a small 128 GB drive in it.

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